So you know that I am a cheapassmama, right? And I am trying to eat cleaner, right?
What happens when my cheapass-ness conflicts with my cleaner-eating-ness?
In the case of pre-existing unclean food still currently in the house, cheapness wins out. Meaning once the not-so-clean food is gone, I won't re-buy it. BUT, I am not throwing out edible food.
Sorry Jillian. Just.not.doing.it.
With one exception.
Country Crock. This is not edible. Or food.
All 5 lbs (yes, we had a 5lb tub from BJs) barely used. And it went into the garbage.
Why o why did I ever buy this spreadable hydrogenated soybean oil crapola? Because like many, many people, I actually thought margarine and spreads were better for me than butter.
I mean it *is* vegetable oil. See, there is vegetable in there!
And butter, well animal products are high in cholesterol and cholesterol is bad for me, right?
Wait. What did I just say? Animal products are bad and chemically altered vegetable product is good?
I am a smart woman. I have two higher-ed degrees. And I got suckered like many, many people into thinking that food is a bunch of nutrients rather than food as a whole.
Michael Pollan writes, "We have come to look upon "nutritionism" as a valid means of determining (healthy) value in our diet; food has been reduced to its composition of good and bad nutrients, but are we really eating healthier?"
And if you think about it, margarine contains trans fat. So essentially, as Pollan discusses in In Defense of Food and Omnivore's Dilemma, we took a food that could potentially be bad for us and replaced it with something that could kill us.
Oh and by the way, just because something says "NO TRANS FAT PER SERVING" doesn't mean that it *doesn't* have trans fat.
According to the the Food and Drug Administration (and as posted on Country Crock's site), companies that contain a "small amount" (less than 0.5g of trans fat per serving), they don't have to list it. So that glob o' margarine that provides "structure and texture" is trans fat.
So what is a girl to do? Especially one that has children that request; nay DEMAND "buttered bread"? Yeah, butter doesn't spread all that well.
And the answer is....Land o Lakes Spreadable Butter with Canola oil.
Land o Lovely: Cream, Canola Oil, Salt.
Crock o Crap: Vegetable Oil Blend (Liquid Soybean Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil), Water, Whey (Milk), Salt, Vegetable Mono and Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin, (Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Disodium EDTA) Used to Protect Quality, Citric Acid, Artificial Flavor, Vitamin A (Palmitate), Beta Carotene (for Color).
Hmmmmm. Which do you think is better?
Just because it has calcium, or omega-3 added or lower in fat than butter, doesn't mean that it is better for you than butter.
And as the great Julia Child said, "If you are afraid of butter, use cream."